The TCSP includes a comprehensive research program to investigate the relationships between transportation, community preservation, and the environment, and to investigate the role of the private sector in shaping such relationships. The research program also includes monitoring, evaluation, and analysis of projects carried out under the grant program.
Program Evaluation and Outreach
Program and project evaluation is an important part of the TCSP. To meet the purposes of the pilot program and develop strategies and methodologies for use by localities, measurable results and a means to disseminate this information are needed. In addition to the evaluation of each project conducted by the grantee, the FHWA will conduct an overall program evaluation combining the results of the grants and the research program to help set the strategic direction and future priorities for the TCSP. An important measure for the success of TCSP is the extent to which the results and best practices from the pilot program are used effectively by government agencies, the private sector, and others.
Under the research component of TCSP, the FHWA will establish outreach, technical assistance, and other means to share and implement the results elsewhere. Current outreach plans include Federal Register notices, grant workshops, the FHWA web site information, and participation in other conferences and meetings.
The goal of the research program is to build a knowledge base of work in this field to enable State, regional and local government agencies, the private sector, and neighborhood groups, through transportation activities, to shape livable communities which meet current and long-term environmental, social equity, and economic goals. With coordination and input from its partners and stakeholders, the FHWA will identify and initiate needed research to support the purposes of the TCSP. The research program is integral to the TCSP and will support and complement the activities conducted through planning and implementation grants. Likewise, applied research activities that may be a part of a grant activity could benefit the research program.
The FHWA anticipates that most of the TCSP funds will be allocated for grants and that limited funding will be available for the FHWA to undertake research. In addition to FHWA conducted research under the TCSP, the FHWA is soliciting research recommendations for FY 2001 which may be conducted through cooperative agreements with organizations, contract support, or through State, local, and MPO grants. The FHWA is soliciting comments on the research needs to support the TCSP and will initiate research to meet the identified needs.
The FHWA requests research recommendations addressing the following areas:
Evaluate results of current community preservation practices. Information is needed on the specific outcomes of current statewide, regional, and local community preservation practices, such as, green corridors, smart growth, urban growth boundaries, higher density development, and land use controls to improve transportation efficiency. Research should include both costs and benefits of these initiatives and performance measures.
Develop needed tools and methodologies to support decision makers. Transportation-related tools and analytical techniques will be enhanced to help support the State and local decision makers in taking a longer term view and balancing economic, social equity, and environmental goals.
The following information must be included in each abstract for research recommendations or statements of need. The recommendations for initial consideration should be brief, no more than two pages. Follow the outline below and use 12 point type.
Agency/ or Organization
Abstract: This should be a brief paragraph describing the research needed, the expected results, and include justification of need and purpose.
Methodologies to be used
Potential Resources (expertise and financial)
Selected activities will be requested to develop more detailed proposals explanations.
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